What is a Clutter Bug?
[clutter bug (noun): One who excessively hoards, accumulates junk, or collects clutter. Ex: Jon is a real clutter bug; his house is full of junk.]
The main trait of the clutter bug is denial: "I don’t live in a mess! I can throw things away whenever I want! I can live in a home without clutter!"
A clutter bug is often a compulsive collector, who cannot bear to put worthless things in the trash, or throw something away even if it’s broken. If you are a clutter bug, you likely feel that you have to have all of your possessions on display, which can result in a dusty home that is impossible to properly clean. Your home can look orderly and full, but hidden beneath the order are accumulated items that are not neccesary.
How can you cure the clutter bug?
A clutter bug must want to change. With some persuasion, and likely a lot of heartache, you can restore order to your home. Here are five steps to try to remove some of the clutter in your home:
- Act like you are about to move out of your home. This means taking everything out of your rooms. To avoid making even more clutter, do this one room at a time, or you may not know how to cope.
- Bring back only the most important items. For example, in your family room, the most important items would be the couch and/or chairs, the television, and likely a side table. In the bedroom, this would be the bed, wardrobe, and bedside tables.Decide where the most important items live. Move the items into the space so they are located in the optimal area. Make sure that the room flows, and you have space to move around freely. Then sit down in the room, and think about how you feel. You should feel liberated; your chest should feel lighter, and the air within the room should flow better. You should no longer be having a fight with various textures and colours within the room.
- Start layering. Select a few things at a time to bring back into the room to decorate it, like paintings, a rug, or lamps. Do it slowly, and take note of how the space is changing with each new item. Pick out the best items you’d like to showcase, but don’t use all of them. Edit your belongings to show your sense of taste and style, but this does not mean that you need a million things in order to show this. You don’t need your whole life story in one room.
- Stop! Stop adding more items; less is better in one room. Put the remaining items into storage, and live with the room for a few weeks. You can change things that are in the room, but you cannot add more items to the existing room. After a few weeks, go through the leftover items, and decide what is reusable, and donate the rest to charity, or sell it on eBay. Then enjoy your newly decluttered room, and the satisfaction of living in a renewed space.
One thing to note: The desire to become a clutter bug can easily creep back. If you’re going to add new things to your room in the future, do it slowly, and really consider their impact on the space.